John Alvis

Shakespeare as Political Thinker: Man’s Supernatural Destiny

By |2019-02-05T16:29:43-05:00March 1st, 2017|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Featured, Fr. James Schall, William Shakespeare|Tags: , |

What is new about our era, as opposed to the Christianity of an Augustine, of an Aquinas, or of a Shakespeare, is that now we actually see Christians themselves betraying their own traditions of political limitations… Shakespeare as Political Thinker, edited by John Alvis and Thomas G. West (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 1981) For [...]

The Demise of Congressional Deliberation: Willmoore Kendall

By |2019-03-26T15:38:54-05:00March 22nd, 2013|Categories: Congress, Federalist Papers, Politics, Presidency, Willmoore Kendall|Tags: , |

The one teaching of Willmoore Kendall's toward which all his early thought tended and from which radiated all his later thought was this: America's vindication of the capacity of men for self-government rests upon its devotion to the idea of a virtuous people, under God, determining national policy by the deliberations of a supreme legislature [...]

A Proper Core Curriculum is Political & Ought Not Be “Politicized”

By |2015-05-27T13:22:40-05:00February 2nd, 2013|Categories: Classical Education, Classical Learning, Education, Featured, Liberal Learning|Tags: , |

The idea for this essay came from a question posed during a meeting of the National Association of Scholars, where several of the presentations had decried recent academic movements of the sort led by Marxists, feminists, homosexualists, or Black separatists, and complained of these groups having politicized higher education. Subsequently, a panel discussing the [...]

Athena as Founder & Statesman

By |2018-12-26T14:48:05-05:00January 27th, 2013|Categories: Featured, Justice, Literature, Myth, Politics, Religion, Statesman|Tags: |

The agency driving the threefold development of the Oresteia is human effort in partnership with divine purpose. The Athena of the third play provides the executive, personal agent who, in founding a polity, gives over divine to human providence. The great question provoked by the trilogy is the question of assigning ultimate causality, since [...]

Maverick Conservatism & Willmoore Kendall

By |2016-08-15T21:25:22-05:00January 26th, 2013|Categories: Books, Conservatism, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Willmoore Kendall|Tags: , |

Willmoore Kendall: Maverick of American Conservatives, edited by John A. Murley and John E. Alvis; foreword by William F. Buckley, Jr., 2002. Willmoore Kendall (1909-1967) remains one of the most important figures in mid-twentieth century conservatism. His penetrating scholarship on Locke, his writings on the internal tensions inherent in majority rule, his early involvement with [...]